Happy 173rd Birthday to the Y
- 173 years ago today, the Y began helping people live better lives when George Williams founded the organization to help men flooding London during the Industrial Revolution.Today the Y is addressing some of the most pressing social issues facing our country: diabetes, obesity and chronic disease, the educational achievement gap and the lack of civic engagement in our communities.
- The oldest known summer camp, Camp Dudley, first opened in 1855 and countless numbers of boys and girls have since learned the skills and wonders of camping through the Y, developing critical skills and making memories along the way.
- From James Naismith's invention of basketball to instructors creating racquetball and volleyball, the Y has a rich tradition in activities that are played by millions of people around the globe. One Y staffer, Robert J. Roberts, is even credited with inventing the term “body building.”
- The Y is credited with spearheading the first public libraries, night school for adult education and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Today that work continues with Early Learning Readiness and Achievement Gap programs that help kids close gaps in their education.
- The Y is one of the oldest nonprofits in the U.S. and relies on donations to help those in need right in your hometown.